U.S. Marshals Scam Call: How It Works
A new U.S. Marshals scam call is going around these days, so beware. It uses scare tactics and demands money to be sent right away. Criminals claiming to be from the U.S. Marshals office impersonate real people from the agency. This is why, when people search for these names on the Internet after the call – thinking they are ahead of the game – they fall victim to the scheme.
How does it work? Just like many other typical phone scams.
Imagine the following scenario – your phone rings. You pick up and hear an ‘officer’ informing there is a warrant for your arrest due to failure to respond to a summons to appear in federal court. He adds that he’ll send the documents forward, so he’ll make sure a criminal charge will take place. It is a common trick known as Notice to Appear in Court Scam.
In a different variation, the bogus United States Marshal might call saying there is a complaint against a family member.
Watch How The U.S. Marshals Office Scam Call Sounds Like
But how does the U.S. Marshals Office scam call sound like? Watch the video below to see in action the government-scare tactic call caught on tape by a regular citizen:
Essentially, the criminals ask the victims to withdraw or send $2,500 cash and meet the fake deputy U.S. marshals at a location to pay the fine. Otherwise, the citizen ‘will get arrested’. The amount of the fine and the phone numbers used can clearly vary.
In the end, the scammer will ask for a fee to drop the case.
Do US Marshals Call You?
Do US Marshals call you? They do very rarely, but the U.S. Marshals Service does NOT collect “fines” ordered by the court. However, if marshals contact residents nationwide, it is to coordinate a surrender.
Rest assured, if you are not a criminal, they won’t bother you.
Because this scam might sound too easy to avoid, scammers go the extra mile and research their victims on social media prior to their reach. This way, they know more about their target in case they need to prove a point.
How To Avoid
Just ignore the call and hang up. Even if it’s an automated message with a number provided, don’t do it. In addition, look at the phone number to see if it’s a hotline (which may start with 1-800 or 1-888 or 1-866). You might be charged a premium. It happens in similar scams.
How To Report a Scammer
Let your family and online friends know about the U.S. Marshals scam call by sharing this article on your social media platforms. You can also officially report criminals and suspicious activities to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using this link below:
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